Ephesus and Pamukkale are the most visited historical sites in Turkey, and so from Marmaris. As well as with the individual day trips to these places, this 2 Day trip combines both Ephesus and Pamukkale, and is a great option for the ones who want to explore these places during their stay in Marmaris.
What to Expect?
Ephesus is an UNESCO World Heritage archaeological site, situated about 210 km. from Marmaris, in the Izmir region. It is also a pilgrimage (houses the House of Virgin Mary), and receives millions of guests every year, from all over the Christian world.
Ephesus is famous for its ancient Greek and Roman port-city, the grand Amphitheatre where St. Paul once preached, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian, and the world known House of the Virgin Mary, that is believed to be the location of Mary’s last home.
Pamukkale is also an UNESCO World Heritage archaeological site, situated about 208 km. from Marmaris, in the Denizli region. It is famous for wellness travellers and receives millions of guests every year, especially from early April to late October.
Pamukkale, also called as Cotton Castle, is famous for its spectacular white landscape, the ancient Roman baths, Cleopatra’s Pool, thermal spring having therapeutic powers and the Amphitheatre, Hieropolis World Heritage Site.
Typical Ephesus and Pamukkale 2 Days Tour from Marmaris
You will be taken in Marmaris or Icmeler, about around 07:00 am., meet with your guide and start a 3 hours journey (with breakfast break) in an air-conditioned coach for Ephesus.
You’ll be informed about Ephesus’ history, that was once one of the largest Roman cities and sea ports.
You’ll have a breakfast at Cetibeli Village around 08:00 am.
You’ll arrive Ephesus around 11:30 am. and your sightseeing with Ephesus will begin.
You’ll visit the House of the Virgin Mary, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world The Temple of Artemis. This is a holy and sacred place for the Christian world.
The small chapel standing on the foundations of a house is believed to be Mary’s last home. And takes millions of visitors per year.
You’ll have a lunch around 13:30 pm. in an antique restaurant.
You’ll visit the Ephesus ancient city around 16:00 pm., admire the marble-paved streets, passing crumbled shops and houses, the outstanding façade of the Library of Celsus, and see the other magnificent remnants of Ephesus including the Temple of Hadrian and the bathhouse.
You’ll also admire the famous Great Theater of Ephesus, and stroll along its huge amphitheater, where St. Paul once preached, and 25,000 spectators watched plays and gladiatorial games.
And than you’ll take your coach around 17:00 pm. for departure to Pamukkale.
You’ll reach Pamukkale after a 2,5 hours trip and will be taken to your mid-range hotel to spend the night. You’ll have your dinner and breakfast next morning at the hotel.
Your 2nd day will start in Pamukkale and around 08:00 am. you’ll be taken for the famous Pamukkale cotton castle visit.
You’ll see the white cotton castles of Pamukkale, with the thermal spring water plunging down the mountainside that has created a natural formation of stalactites, cataracts and basins. The thermal waters is believed to have therapeutic powers.
Here, you’ll enjoy these white terraces, travertines, pools and castle-like formations. Also you’ll have chance to swim at the Roman-built Cleopatra’s Pool, one of the many ancient Roman baths in the region.
After the pools visit, you’ll be taken to the other must see sight in the region, the archaeological city of Hierapolis. There, you’ll see the Amphitheatre, Hieropolis World Heritage Site, temples, theaters and the famous necropolis of 1,200 tombs.
You’ll have a lunch between 13:30-14:30 pm. and than continue the tour to experience the craft of Turkish carpet weaving, in a popular carpet centre.
And afterwards, you’ll take your coach around 15:00 to get back to your hotel in Marmaris. You’ll get back to Marmaris around 18:45 pm.